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SOURCE:  IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shelved its 11-year old collaborative Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme with Russia following enduring differences over its developmental cost and technological capabilities.

Senior Indian officials, including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, recently informed a visiting Russian ministerial delegation that India was withdrawing from the programme, official sources told Jane’s on 20 April. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

Representatives from the Ministry of Defence recently visited the Kamov Helicopter facility in Moscow and witnessed the performance of Ka-226T helicopters. Russian Helicopters which is a parent company of Kamov Helicopters has been chosen to deliver around 200 units of Ka-226T rotorcraft to India. Earlier, it was decided that the helicopters will be developed by Indo Russian Helicopter Pvt Ltd (IRHL), a joint facility of Russian Helicopters and HAL in Tumakuru in Karnataka.

The officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Indian military officers took part in the demonstration flight of Ka-226T. This visit by the MoD officials comes within the framework of the procurement process. The delegation also visited prototype production facility and design bureau of the Kamov Helicopters. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

If the plan works and they put a MiG-21 on display in Chandigarh to inspire the future aviators, it’ll be the fighter jet’s second big landing in the city after March 1963 when the station received its first Type 77 interceptor to tame.A roaring, fire-breathing dragon had come into the hands of 28 Squadron (First Supersonics) led by Wing

Commander Dilbagh Singh, who later was to become Chief of the Air Staff. All fighter squadrons earmarked for conversion to MiG moved to this station temporarily. As the jets kissed the runway, romance with danger had touched first base. How those magnificent men turned this rodeo bull of a flying machine into the longest-serving workhorse of the Indian Air Force is a great story. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

Sharpening The Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy, by Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) is a book that comprehensively details out India’s nuclear capabilities vis-à-vis other nuclear weapon states. It particularly brings in parallels with India’s immediate neighbours, China and Pakistan. It also pragmatically suggests ways to hone India’s nuclear doctrine and arsenal.

The book is spread across 13 chapters. It also includes extensive appendices and notes to validate the arguments made in the book. Brigadier Kanwal begins by detailing out India’s ambiguity in affirming its nuclear status. He points out how India, even after successfully conducting nuclear tests in May 1998, continued to term nuclear weapons as “political weapons and not weapons of warfare”. The chapter lays the foundation of India’s nuclear policy through not just the prisms of the political establishment, and geopolitics, but also through the philosophical outlook towards being a nuclear power. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

In a show of India’s military might, Sukhoi jets on Thursday carried out a massive bombing exercise on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.The fighter jets carpet-bombed a firing range as part of ‘Gaganshakti-2018’, the Indian Air Force’s biggest exercise in recent times.

A similar exercise was carried out recently on the country’s western front. The drills on Thursday were overseen by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Chief Marshall BS Dhanoa. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

China on Friday defended Pakistan following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the country is a “terror export factory” but indicated terrorism will be on the agenda when Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members meet in Beijing next week.

The Chinese foreign ministry said the world community should support Pakistan’s counter-terror efforts but noted that security is a priority for the SCO and “relevant topics” will be discussed when members of the bloc, including India and Pakistan, meet next week. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’sproperties worth crores in Mumbai will be taken over by the government, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing petitions by his sister Hasina Parkar and mother Amina Bi Kaskar.

The prime properties in Mumbai’s Nagpada belonged to Dawood but his mother and sister, both dead, had taken possession of them. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

A Special Police Officer posted in north Kashmir’s Sopore has been passed off as a newly-recruited militant on social media.

Since Wednesday night, the picture of a young man holding an AK 47 rifle has been circulating on social networking sites. The youth in the picture is identified as a newly-recruited militant from north Kashmir in the posts. Police on Thursday termed the news fake and said the man in the photograph is Special Police Officer Bilal Ahmad. Continue reading

SOURCE:  PTI

The US, India and Japan intend to work together on high-standard projects in the Indo-Pacific region “that make economic sense” amidst China’s “predatory” economic behaviour, according to a senior Trump administration diplomat.

Initiated by Japan, and supported by the US and India, the three countries are working on projects that can provide an alternative to what the former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson described as the “predatory” economics of China, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells said. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

With the Kashmir Valley enveloped by rising violence, the Indian Army on Friday said it would prioritise bringing radicalised youth into the mainstream through a “collective approach” and convince militants to “shun violence and gun culture”.

The issue of conducting de-radicalising exercises along with counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley was discussed during the ongoing biannual Army Commanders’ Conference that began on Monday amid reports that Islamic State ideology was moulding new-age militants in the state. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Senior Indian Army commanders on Friday discussed the increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, the volatile situation in Kashmir Valley, and the challenges faced by security forces, particularly along the borders with China and Pakistan.

During the Army Commanders Conference, which began on Monday and will conclude on Saturday, they also discussed the radicalisation of youth in the Valley, a senior Army official said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The army on Thursday busted a terror hideout and recovered arms and ammunition, including two AK rifles, 289 rounds of ammunition, and Hizbul Mujahideen donation books in Doda district, rasing concern of presence of the terror outfit in the hills of the Jammu region, an officer said.

Acting on intelligence inputs, the Army and the police launched a search operation in the Majmi area of Dessa in the district this morning, the army officer said. Continue reading

SOURCE: India Saga

Afghanistan has expressed disappointment over Pakistan’s attitude  to its  latest initiative for bringing an end to conflict  through offer of unconditional peace talks with Taliban.

It has also asserted that there will be no reduction of  India’s engagement with the country under pressure of Islamabad. So far there had been no response from Pakistan to act on the important points agreed to during their Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent visit to Kabul, Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali  said here, adding that  one of these points was making the Taliban agree to engage in negotiations with the Afghanistan government     Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla  | Business-standard.com

The proposal for India and Russia to jointly develop an advanced fighter — the eponymous Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — has been formally buried. Business Standard has learnt that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval conveyed the decision to a Russian ministerial delegation at a “Defence Acquisition Meeting” in end-February.

Doval and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, who attended the meeting, asked the Russians to proceed alone with developing their fifth-generation fighter. They said India might possibly join the project later, or buy the fully developed fighter outright, after it entered service with the Russian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

India may finally be able to acquire armed drones from the United States that could transform the capabilities of the armed forces not just in strike operations against China and Pakistan over land and sea but also in operations against terrorists.

This comes after the Trump administration came up with a new policy on export of unmanned aerial systems that allows the use of drones to fulfill “‘counter-terrorism objectives”. The policy comes just a day after US President Donald Trump promised to short-circuit the long-winded process to sell the drones to its allies. Continue reading